Fire and police crews were stretched thin in Stamford on Tuesday as all hands were on deck while they worked to assist stranded area residents dealing with flooded and stalled vehicles.
Officials said that the fire department received nearly 300 calls on Tuesday afternoon during the heart of the storm, which dumped more than 1.10 inches of rain in Stamford.
One of the hardest hit areas in the city was the intersection of Elm and South State Street, near the railroad bridge, where several cars stalled and some area residents required assistance.
Flash flooding was also reported in several other busy streets and roadways throughout Stamford. Crews also helped students from the Rogers Institute to safety when their bus stalled.
On Twitter, the Stamford Fire Department warned residents to stay off the roads on Tuesday afternoon.
“Please stay off the roads. The Stamford Fire Department is actively making dozens of water rescues due to the heavy rain. Please do not drive through deep water.”
More rain is heading toward Fairfield County on Wednesday, as temperatures are expected to rise and heavy rain and storms can be expected during the late afternoon and evening.
According to the Stamford Professional Fire Fighters Association, “driving through water is more dangerous than many realize. The engine of your car is not designed to be submerged in water and it will stall leaving you stranded. Even relatively shallow water can be a problem. Risks include drowning, exposure to contaminants in the water, and catastrophic damage to your car. Go slow and avoid these areas. “
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